American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long-legged, swift-running wild cat (Acinonyx jubatus) of Africa and southwest Asia, having tawny, black-spotted fur and nonretractile claws. The cheetah, the fastest animal on land, can run for short distances at about 96 kilometers (60 miles) per hour.
- n. A distinctive member (Acinonyx jubatus) of the cat family , slightly smaller than the leopard, but with proportionately longer limbs and a smaller head; it is native to Africa and also credited with being the fastest terrestrial animal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A species of leopard (Cynælurus jubatus) tamed and used for hunting in India. The woolly cheetah of South Africa is Cynælurus laneus. It runs very fast in short spurts while hunting.
- n. long-legged spotted cat of Africa and southwestern Asia having nonretractile claws; the swiftest mammal; can be trained to run down game
- Hindi चीता (cītā, "leopard", "panther"), ultimately from Sanskrit चित्र (citra, "multicolored", "speckled") (akin to Old High German haitar ("bright") > German heiter; Old Norse heiðr) + काय (kāya, "body"), thus "having a spotted body". (Wiktionary)
- Hindi cītā, from Sanskrit citrakāyaḥ, tiger, leopard : citra-, variegated + kāyaḥ, body. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now he's at work on a new book and photo project taking him around the world, with a new means of transportation, a bouncy gadget he calls cheetah legs.”
“First introduced to the series when she was a tiny cub in 2005, Duma the cheetah is now about a year old and nearly equal in size to her mother (the image of Duma used above is from the Duma slideshow on the BBC website).”
“Understanding the economic base of the country is extremely important to long-term cheetah survival.”
“Amongst other things we saw a cheetah, which is pretty rare, and we also had a good time watching the baboons and warthogs hanging out together on the savannah.”
“Given the cheetah's tendency to activity, cats who spend most of their time sleeping in the sun might well label the cheetah hyperactive.”
“And the cheetah is the only member of the cat family that has non-retractable claws.”
“There is talk of India importing the cheetah, which is extinct in our country, from countries like Namibia.”
“Although the cheetah is the fastest predator on land (capable of reaching speeds of 100 km per hour), its slight build and timid disposition make it subordinate to other carnivores, and it is often robbed of its prey.”
“It's got the top piece which is customized to any amputee's stump and then it comprises the actual foot, which is called the cheetah, which is made by RSA (ph).”
“The fastest animal in the world, the cheetah is the fastest land mammal.”
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